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Why Was This Driver Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison?

In January of last year, two men were stopped at a stoplight on Third Avenue North when another driver went over the Jefferson Street bridge and slammed into them. The two men died at the scene, both leaving behind families, and six others were injured. The driver who caused the accident was on probation at the time. Near her truck, police found a syringe, cocaine and Xanax. Last month, she was sentenced to 26 years in prison for 23 misdemeanors, vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Drugged Drivers Choose to Put Others at Risk While police departments across Tennessee are trying to crack down on drunk drivers, drugged drivers pose just as great a risk and may often be even more difficult to detect. Drugged drivers can be under the influence of prescription drugs, such as Xanax or hydrocodone, or illicit drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamines. In either case, these…
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Drug-Impaired Driver Caused Tragic Accident Outside of Knoxville

Last month, a mother and her 4-year-old child were stopped in an intersection when a car slammed into the rear of their car, pushing them into the car in front of them. When officers got to the scene, the mother and daughter needed to be extricated from the car before they were transported to a hospital where the mother would later be pronounced dead. According to the report, the 61-year-old woman who caused the crash was driving under the influence of “something other than alcohol.” Witnesses said the drug-impaired driver was speeding, weaving out of the lanes and running off the road. She even knocked down a state road sign. The officer who spoke to the drugged driver said the driver’s pupils were constricted and she had a very “blank stare.” After failing a field sobriety test and refusing to give a blood sample, she was arrested on charges of…
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